In the United States, people do a lot to recognize and honor the heroes who serve(d) in the Armed Forces and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. July is an appropriate month to recognize veterans and wounded warriors, as we celebrate our nation’s independence.

On July 12, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law a measure to award the U.S. Medal of Honor “to such noncommissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other soldier-like qualities during the present insurrection.” According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, since that time a total of 3,487 medals have been awarded.

Also in July, way back in 1930, Congress signed a bill to authorize the President to issue an executive order establishing the Veterans Administration, or VA. President Herbert Hoover signed an executive order to create the Veterans Administration on July 21st of that same year.

As a friend of mine continually reminds all those within earshot…”Freedom is not Free.” It comes at a cost to military men, women, and families. When you see a veteran, say “thank you”.

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– John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at: (781) 378-2164; email: jdmiller@homecarepartners.biz ; or online at: www.homecarepartnersma.com

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